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All rules questions can be answered by consulting the latest Official USHA rulebook. If your question is not answered in the rulebook, feel free to call or email the USHA staff to get an official interpretation.
Changes since the last rulebook was released:
Schedule 1: These are the rules changes passed by the USHA Board, June 2006. (Be sure to check back here for subsequent changes, prior to the printing of the next rulebook.)
Under Part 1. Game, change:
Under Rule 3.4 Referee D. Forfeitures, add:
Under 4.1 Serve, change:
Under 4.3 A. Dead-ball Serves, change:
Under 4.6, change:
Under Part 4, Rule 4.6.J, change:
Under 4.6, change:
For the One-Wall Addendum (Changes from four-wall rules)
Under 4.3 Defective Serves, add:
These are the official published USHA handball rules, as of April 15, 2005. Any changes in these rules will be maintained by the USHA and are available at the USHA web site at www.ushandball.org The rules as posted on the web site shall supersede this publication.
Schedule 2: These are the rules changes passed by the USHA Board, May 2007.
Rule 5.6 Tournament conduct. In all USHA-sanctioned tournaments, the referee is empowered to default a match if a player conducts himself/herself in a manner detrimental to the tournament or the game of handball. This includes the authority of the referee and/ortournament director to remove disruptive or abusive people, and to default a match if such individuals are not removed. Additionally, in all USHA-sanctioned tournaments, the tournament director is empowered to prohibit further participation, and/or to remove, anyone who conducts himself/herself in a manner detrimental to the event or the game of handball.
Part 5, Rule 5.6: Interpretation No. 23Coaching is allowed, however, only in a manner consistent with the behavior expected of any other spectator. Any coaching is expressly prohibited from the time the referee announces the score to the time the rally ends, and is subject to the removal and default provisions of this rule.
A. Junior and collegiate players shall abide by the USHA Code of Conduct as it appears on the USHA web site, at www.ushandball.org.